| __gizmag Article: Mathematical model accurately predicts which couples will divorce__ *(Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)* |

| | There are no general laws of human relationships as there are for physics, but a leading marital researcher and group of applied mathematicians have teamed up to create a **mathematical** **model** that predicts which couples will divorce with astonishing accuracy. |

| | The **mathematical** **model** charts this interaction into what the researchers call a "Dow-Jones Industrial Average for marital conversation." "When the masters of marriage are talking about something important, they may be arguing, but they are also laughing and teasing and there are signs of affection because they have made emotional connections," Gottman said. |

| | For example, the **model** permits them to see what happens if a behavior changes, say a husband allowing himself to be influenced by his wife, and how that increases the number of positive interactions. |

| www.gizmo.com.au /public/News/news.asp?articleid=2605 (770 words) |